pesticide Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pesticide" in British English

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pesticidenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈpes.tɪ.saɪd/  us   /-t̬ə-/
a ​chemicalsubstance used to ​killharmfulinsects, ​smallanimals, ​wildplants, and other ​unwantedorganisms: The pesticides that ​farmersspray on ​theircropskillpests, but they can also ​damage people's ​health.
(Definition of pesticide from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pesticide" in American English

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pesticidenoun [C]

 us   /ˈpes·təˌsɑɪd/
a ​chemicalsubstance used to ​killharmfulinsects, ​smallanimals, ​wildplants, and other ​unwantedorganisms
(Definition of pesticide from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pesticide" in Business English

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pesticidenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpestɪsaɪd/ ENVIRONMENT, PRODUCTION
a ​chemical substance used to ​kill organisms that are not wanted, such as harmful insects or ​small animals: Environmentalists called for ​cuts in pesticide use.
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(Definition of pesticide from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pesticide”
in Chinese (Simplified) 杀虫剂,农药…
in Turkish haşere ilacı…
in Russian пестицид…
in Chinese (Traditional) 殺蟲劑,農藥…
in Polish pestycyd…
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